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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Dec. 21

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

SUNDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Colorado 2, DETROIT 1 (SO)

Dallas 6, EDMONTON 5 (SO)

NY RANGERS 1, Carolina 0

CHICAGO 4, Toronto 0

BOSTON 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)

Philadelphia 4, WINNIPEG 3 (OT)

RANGERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO SEASON-HIGH SIX GAMES ...

Ryan McDonagh (1-0-1) scored the game's only goal to lead the New York Rangers to a 1-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. New York's season-high sixth consecutive victory improved its record 17-10-4 (38 points) this season, tying the Rangers with the Washington Capitals for third place in Metropolitan Division standings points. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents (9-0-1).

* The victory is the eighth shutout of the season for the Rangers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have registered eight shutouts in their first 31 games of a season for the first time since 1928-29 (11 shutouts). New York leads the NHL in shutouts this season.

* The Rangers have won 14 of their past 15 games against the Hurricanes (14-1-0), dating to a 4-3 shootout victory on Feb. 22, 2011. The Rangers have won eight consecutive games against the Hurricanes at home, dating to a 2-1 overtime victory on Jan. 5, 2011.

* Cam Talbot made 18 saves to record his third shutout of the season and his first career victory against the Hurricanes. Talbot improved to 3-3-1 this season with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage, with all three of his wins coming as shutouts.

* McDonagh netted his second goal and his first game-winner of the season. Derek Stepan (0-1-1) and Mats Zuccarello (0-1-1) each recorded an assist on McDonagh's tally. Stepan has 17 points (8-9-17) in 17 career games against Carolina; Zuccarello has 13 points (1-12-13) in 13 career games against the Hurricanes.

... WHILE STARS RALLY TO EXTEND WIN STREAK TO FOUR GAMES

Facing a 5-2 deficit in the second period, the Dallas Stars rallied to score three consecutive goals in a 6-5 shootout victory against the Edmonton Oilers. The Stars' fourth consecutive victory improved their record to 14-13-5 (33 points). Dallas has won six straight games in Edmonton, and has posted a 15-3-1 record in its past 19 games at Rexall Place.

* The Stars netted three consecutive goals throughout the second and third period to tie the game at 5-5 and eventually send the game to extra time. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most-recent time Dallas rallied from a three-goal deficit to win was on Feb. 11, 2011 when it rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a shootout.

* Tyler Seguin (2-1-3) brought his goal-total to 25 and added his 17th assist of the season, extending his point streak against the Oilers to five games (6-3-9). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player in franchise history to score 25 goals in the Stars' first 32 games of a season is Dino Ciccarelli, who did so during the 1981-82 (27) and 1986-87 (30) seasons. The performance is the fifth time this season when Seguin has recorded three or more points in a game. Seguin leads the League in goals (25) and is ranked second in points (25-17-42).

* Jamie Benn (1-1-2) recorded his second consecutive multi-point performance (2-2-4 over his past two games) and his eighth overall of the season. Benn leads the team in assists (20) and ranks second with 30 points (10-20-30).

* Alex Goligoski (0-2-2) and Ales Hemsky (0-2-2) each registered two assists. Hemsky played his first game at Rexall Place since spending nine seasons as a member of the Oilers. Shawn Horcoff (1-0-1) also scored and netted the shootout-winner against his former team. Horcoff spent the first 12 seasons of his NHL career in Edmonton from 2000-2013, serving as Oilers captain for the last three seasons.

* Anders Lindback relieved Kari Lehtonen and recorded his first win of the season. Lindback stopped nine of 10 shots through regulation and overtime and additionally stopped six of eight shooters in the shootout to improve to 1-5-0 this season.

CHICAGO RECORDS SHUTOUT WIN AGAINST TORONTO

Antti Raanta made 31 saves to backstop the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-0 shutout victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Blackhawks improved to 23-9-2 (48 points) this season and they remained first in the Central Division and second in the Western Conference standings. Chicago has won 14 of their past 17 games dating to a 6-2 win on Nov. 16 versus the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks have also now won eight consecutive games at the United Center dating to a 5-2 victory on Nov. 9 against the San Jose Sharks.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most-recent time the Blackhawks shut out the Maple Leafs was on March 30, 2000, where they also defeated Toronto 4-0 in Chicago.

* Raanta stopped all 31 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season and improved to 6-2-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.

* Patrick Kane (1-2-3) recorded his fourth three-point performance of the season and extended his point streak to a season-high six games (4-6-10). Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals (16), assists (20) and points (16-20-36) this season.

* Patrick Sharp (0-3-3) registered his first three-assist game and Brent Seabrook (0-2-2) posted his third multi-point performance of the season.

* David Rundblad (1-0-1) opened the scoring with the eventual game-winning goal. The tally is Rundblad's first goal of the season and his first career game-winner.

* Prior to the game, the Chicago Blackhawks observed a moment of silence for assistant equipment manager Clint Reif, who passed away Sunday morning. Blackhawks players also wore a special "CR" decal on their helmet in remembrance of Reif.

ERIKSSON NETS OT WINNER TO LIFT BRUINS PAST SABRES

Loui Eriksson (1-1-2) scored the overtime winner to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins improved to 17-14-3 (37 points) and took sole possession of fifth place in the Atlantic Division standings. Boston has earned points in four of its past five games (2-1-2) and improved to 8-2-2 in its past 12 games on home ice.

* The Bruins improved to a 5-0-1 record in their past six games versus the Sabres. Boston is 10-3-2 in its past 15 games overall against Buffalo and 6-1-1 in its past eight versus the Sabres at home.

* Eriksson's marker is his second overtime-winner in his past three games. The performance is the fourth multi-point game of the season for Eriksson, who has four points (2-2-4) over his past three games.

* Dougie Hamilton (2-1-) opened the scoring on a power-play and tied the score at 3-3 with 1:31 left in the third period to eventually send the game to overtime. Hamilton added an assist to record his third three-point performance of the season. Hamilton ranks first among team defensemen in goals (7), assists (13) and points (7-13-20) this season.

* Tuukka Rask stopped 25 of 28 shots to improve to 13-10-3 this season with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. Zdeno Chara (0-2-2) recorded his first multi-point game of the season.

VORACEK NETS EARLY OT WINNER TO CAP OFF RALLY AGAINST JETS

Jakub Voracek (2-0-2) scored 10 seconds into overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. The Flyers improved to 13-14-6 (32 points) this season, including a record of 5-1-3 in their past nine games.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most-recent player to score within the first 10 seconds of overtime during the regular season was Kyle Cumiskey of the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 19, 2011. Cumiskey scored nine seconds into the extra frame in a 4-3 win against the Atlanta Thrashers. The most-recent member of the Flyers to accomplish the same feat was Simon Gagne, who scored seven seconds into overtime in a 4-3 victory against the New York Rangers on Jan. 5, 2006.

* Facing a 3-1 deficit in the third period, Vincent Lecavalier (2-0—2) scored twice to tie the score and eventually send the game to overtime. The performance is Lecavalier's first two-goal game and his second multi-point game of the season.

* Voracek's two goals brought his point-total as a member of the Flyers to 201 and extended his point streak to three games (3-4-7). Voracek leads the League in points (14-30-44) and is tied for the League-lead in assists.

* Claude Giroux (0-1-1) has recorded five points (2-3-5) in his past two games and passed Tim Kerr for sole possession of 13th on the all-time franchise assists list (288). Giroux is tied with Voracek for the League-lead in assists (30) and ranks third in the League for points (10-30-40).

PICKARD BACKSTOPS AVALANCHE TO SHOOTOUT WIN AGAINST RED WINGS

Calvin Pickard made 34 saves through regulation and overtime and additionally stopped seven of nine shooters in the shootout to backstop the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. The Avalanche have earned points in five consecutive games (3-0-2) and improved to 12-13-8 (32 points) this season.

* Pickard stopped 34 of 35 shots through 65 minutes in addition to seven of nine shooters in the shootout to improve to 6-5-2 this season with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage. Pickard ranks second among League goaltenders in the latter category.

* Facing a 1-0 deficit late in the third period, Erik Johnson (1-0-1) tied the game on a power-play with his eighth goal of the season. Johnson's third power-play goal of the season brought his point total to five (4-1-5) over his past four games.

LOOSE PUCKS

Colorado forward Cody McLeod skated in his 500th career NHL game, becoming the 18th player in franchise history and eighth in Colorado Avalanche history to play 500 regular season games. ... Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk (1-0-1) skated in his 847th career NHL game, passing Red Kelly (846) for sole possession of 13th on the all-time franchise games played list. ... Dallas forward Jason Spezza (0-1-1) has registered at least one point in all seven career games played at Rexall Place (2-9-11). ... Edmonton forwards Taylor Hall (2-1-3) and Teddy Purcell (1-2-3) each recorded three points. ... Edmonton forward Mark Arcobello (2-0-2) recorded his first two-goal performance of the season. ... New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi and Carolina forward Alexander Semin skated in their 600th career NHL games. ... Boston defenseman Matt Bartkowski skated in his 100th career NHL game. ... Winnipeg forward Mathieu Perreault (1-0-1) scored and extended his point streak to seven games (3-4-7), the longest by any member of the Jets this season. ... Winnipeg defenseman Grant Clitsome skated in his 200th career NHL game. ... Prior to the game, the New York Rangers observed a moment of silence to remember NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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